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Star Wars: The Clone Wars 3.15-17– The Mortis Trilogy

Written by Zechs on Saturday, February 12 2011 and posted in Reviews

Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka are drawn to a mysterious planet that appears to be the heart of the Force. Not soon after, they're plunged into a game of three otherworldly beings.

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Our three heroes: Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka are drawn to a planet where the Force seems to be at it's apex. What they find there are a father and two children representing the two sides of the force. Even more, Anakin finds what it's like to truly be the Chosen One.

Okay, that was an utter waste of our time. I mean sure the very point sounds like a game changing story.  Anakin discovers not only his role of being the Chosen One but also the future and three deities of the Force try playing God with him. Yet, in the end this story felt empty and falls flat on its face with each part that goes on.


Honestly, the set-up does sound intriguing and part one to this three parter delivers that intrigue. It sets up the rules and the future episodes up quite nicely. There where nice mind games all around with Ahsoka meeting her future self and Anakin being tormented by his past actions (i.e. slaughtering the Sand People).

Yet, the crowning moment was the return of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Nesson actually reprising his role). Those his scenes in the trilogy are VERY brief. The explanation why he's there makes somewhat sense. It just feels like this subplot could've been used for more than just a spiritual guide. Then again lots of this arc are is could of's and should of's.


This isn't the first time someone has tried bringing in something even more otherworldly than just the Force. Comic Book writing legend, Alan Moore, tried this in Star Wars: Devilworlds. Here, it feels like the idea is sound but doesn't translate so well. The father, son, and daughter are intriguing concepts that could've been something akin to a Shakespearan tragedy.

Alas, it doesn't. In part 1, Anakin controls both sides of the force. Yet, in Part 2 he's bumbling about trying to handle the now possessed or imbued with the dark side Ahsoka. Even more, we get the introduction of an Excalibur-like sword which only real point is to kill these deities. At the end of part 3 with how the Son is taken down, the sword isn't even necessary. So what was the entire point of trying get it in Part 2?! Points like this will just make you scream and be angry at the plot.


Other parts I fail to understand is the world going to dark at the end of part 2 due to the death of another suggesting that the balance of the Force is tipped. Okay, that explains the Prequel trilogy. Still, at the end of part 3 the scales are blown apart. Sure, there is balance but.. I dunno, the plot just doesn't work for me and I'll leave it at that.

The one that I hated most was part 3. With part 2, the arc fell into shards and there was the promise that, "SECRETS WOULD BE REVEALED!" Yes, they did keep their promise to that. Anakin learns of the events of Revenge of the Sith, and guess what? Instead of being repulsed at what he's become he becomes Vader wanting to destroy everyone: the Emperor and the Jedi Order. Of course, his mind gets wiped by the end of the episode. His turn in the episode felt worse than Revenge of the Sith reasoning. I guess it explains how loose Anakin strays with the Force.

I admit, the only saving grace for me was actually the Son in all of this, well, up until the end. Being voiced by the actor who plays Starkiller in the Force Unleashed games made me weary at first but the more I watched these episodes the more the voice fit the character. I kinda enjoyed the almost Satan-like qualities he exhibited in part one and in a way almost saved part 2 by himself. Unfortunately, by the end of part 3 the character just falls into shambles. I did enjoy the callbacks of the various quotes he used and just the very design of the character was great. Regardless, in the end, like this trilogy, the character failed.


There's so much to not like with these episodes that I think I'll end my review with this: It's a darn shame that this arc failed because it had all the makings of an actual good story. I guess this arc will be the true bench mark on why this season has failed so far. Something that could've been more but in the end was just an utter waste to tell. Everything felt wasted in this story, from bringing back Liam Neeson as Qui Gon to the way these deities represent the force. It's an utter shame. Then again, everything so far during this season feels wasted and the creative fire that we once had in the previous seasons of the show have already fizzled out. I couldn't help but keep thinking of another Sci-Fi series during this story arc and kept asking myself near the end of part 2: "What does God want with a starship?" When you're thinking something like that, you know these episodes are just plain awful.

This arc was bad. It almost made me swear off watching the remainder of this season but it seems I'm a masochist. With them revealing the next three episodes will start with an appearance of the future Grand Moff Tarkin, it makes me wonder if that means Wayne Prygram will reprise his role as young Tarkin. *sigh* Such a cycle of pain I weave for myself.

Overlords: 3 out of 5

Altar of Mortis: 1.5 out of 5

Ghosts of Mortis: 0 out of 5*

*Yes this is the very first zero I've ever given a series.

Review by: Zechs


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Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.


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